“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. That they all might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. Whereunto He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. ”
* Excerpted, by permission, from John Calvin’s Sermons on Ephesians,The Banner of Truth Trust, 3 Murrayfield Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6EL , UK, www.banneroftruth.org. This excerpt of Calvin’s Twenty Second Sermon on Ephesians treats especially verses 3-5 of Ephesians 4 and the call to keep the unity of the Spirit. Because of the length of the sermon, the first part was omitted. In it, Calvin movingly exhorts to godly attitudes towards others: “lowliness and meekness, with patience, bearing with each other in love….” Reading Calvin always comes with rich rewards. I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye...
And there arose another generation after them which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim. And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger. And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. “
“And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Heb. 6:11-12
“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2
So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi? And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the Lord hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me? Ruth 1:19-21Every child of God faces a myriad of trials throughout his life,...
Ques. 65. Since then we are made partakers of Christ and all His benefits through faith only, whence does this faith proceed? Ans. From the Holy Ghost, who works faith in the hearts by the preaching of the gospel, and confirms it by the use of the sacraments. Lord’s Day 25, Heidelberg Catechism.
Ques. Why did He suffer under Pontius Pilate as judge? Ans. That He, being innocent, and yet comdemned by a temporal judge, might thereby free us from the severe judgment of God to which we were exposed. Question 38, Lord’s Day 15, Heid. Catechism
Question 53. What dost thou believe concerning the Holy Ghost? Answer. First, that He is true and co-eternal God with the Father and the Son; secondly, that He is also given me, to make me by a true faith, partaker of Christ and all His benefits, that He may comfort me and abide with me forever. Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 20.
Ques. 39. Is there anything more in His being crucified, than if He had died some other death? Ans. Yes (there is); for thereby I am assured that He took on Him the curse which lay upon me: for the death of the cross was accursed of God. Ques. 44. Why is there added, ‘He descended into hell”?